Christmas and New Year 2019

Post by me exboozehound I’m one of 2day2gether’s LEW’s (Life Experience Warriors)

As always I’ve done things my own way, yup I’m fully aware I’m a pain in the posterior!! 😉

Rather than writing a post I’ve done a couple of Vlogs, it was supposed to be one vlog but I hit technical issues and, as I do quite a bit, lost my patience so here are the 2 Vlogs….

Happy New Year 2019 (Video 1)

Happy New Year 2019 (Video 2 of 2)

As I’ve mentioned the previous Vlog in one of the above I thought I’d add the Vlog I did prior to Christmas….

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Thats it from me for now, catch you all soon….

“enjoy the good and ride out the bad”

Keep going 😉

 

 

My Christmas

Post by Ken one of 2day2gether’s LEW’s (Life Experience Warriors)

All things considered, I had a very nice Christmas.

I had my Christmas lunch with my two beautiful daughter’s at my estranged wife’s house, she charged me £10 for the privelige, I was surprised she didn’t expect me to bring my own cutlery and crockery.

I had offered to bring a packed lunch consisting of two cheese sandwiches, an apple and a wagon wheel, but in her magnanimity she most kindly let me eat in her presence.

I also spent some time with my mate, John which was nice, we had a little booze up and now we’re on the wagon.

Had a little 2day2gether meeting on 4th January 2019 which was very encouraging and positive, looking forward to the future.

Happy New year to you all!!

Ken

Hi, exboozehound here…. Thanks for that Ken, I have to say I said “OOF!!” to myself a couple of times 😮 ….

A short and sweet post from Ken, short and sweet isn’t how I’d describe Ken usually but how I describe Ken usually involves too many swear words so I think I’ll give that a swurve….

My personal favourite parts of Kens post have to be:-

1. “All things considered, I had a very nice Christmas. I had my Christmas lunch with my two beautiful daughter’s….”

I’ve known Ken now for about 3 years and his 2 beautiful daughters are his world!!!!

2. “Had a little 2day2gether meeting on 4th January 2019 which was very encouraging and positive, looking forward to the future.”

The meeting Ken mentioned was with 4 of our LEW’s, Me, Bec, John and Ken. I have no problem admitting I can be a bit of a control freak, but I trust all of 2day2gether’s LEW’s and value and want their opinions and thoughts, without them 2day2gether hasn’t got a chance…. During the meeting I stressed that I have done everything my way as exboozehound but as 2day2gether this has to change so any ideas brought to the table are now discussed between the LEW’s and voted on, if any of the votes don’t go my way I promise not to throw my toys out of the pram, which if you know me you will know won’t be easy for me….

Thank you Ken for your post and thank you for sticking with me for the last 3 years, you have already helped many people and I know you will go on to help many, many more!!!!

“enjoy the good and ride out the bad”

Keep going 😉

 

Christmas, New Year and Me

Post by Bec one of 2day2gether’s LEW’s (Life Experience Warriors)

Christmas, New Year and Me.

Christmas is an enjoyable time for everyone and the New Year is a great time to restart and forget about events of the past year, right? Surely mental illnesses take a break from messing with us over the festive period? That sounds like one of those crap jokes you find in a cracker.

Usually the smell of food as it floods the house, the crackling of the roasties, crumbling of a mince pie into the foil, crinkling of chocolate wrappers and the fizz of champagne would fill people with joy, however, for me, it does the opposite. The guilt and fear after eating something or enjoying something is horrendous, and will result in me feeling suicidal and using behaviours more times than none. For 4/5 years, Christmas has been one of the most difficult times of the year for this reason, but I also struggle with my depression quite badly around this time.

Questions fill my head and circle around until I crack and breakdown….

Why would I deserve gifts?

Do my family really love me?

How am I going to cope with the food?

Are my family judging how much I’m eating?

Do they really want me spending Christmas with them?

This time I did something I’ve never been able to do before, I told my dad when I felt suicidal which meant he didn’t let me be on my own. Deep down I knew it was the right thing to do but still I felt like a burden. You see, people don’t necessarily understand the pain caused by mental illnesses, and we often feel alone or unworthy of help which means we don’t like to open up and show how we truly feel which makes it even more important that we do just that, expand the knowledge and awareness of mental ill health which leads me to 2day2gether and let me tell you, 2019 is going to be the year we make things happen and change the way people see mental illnesses. Jon aka exboozehound has made me one of the youngest LEW’s (Life Experience Warriors) for 2day2gether, which is something I’m super excited about.

Now the New Year and first couple of months aren’t my favourite time. Its daunting when you’re sat on your own on New Years Eve, listening to the fireworks, laughter and the ‘Happy New Year’s’ people shout at midnight, you get one friend phone you wishing you a happy new year while they’re out partying and having a good time, and your sat in bed, crying, cleaning up the wounds you’ve just inflicted on yourself, because you feel alone and worthless, you dread the new year because you fear it’s going to be just as bad or worse than the year you’ve just left. There are multiple trauma triggers and multiple cycles I generally struggle with hospital admissions, however I know that being a part of 2day2gether is going to have a positive impact on not only me, but those that are involved in 2day2gether and are supported by our team of LEW’s and if not anything else, that is something to look forward to.

Hi, exboozehound here…. What can I say?… Nothing really apart from WOW!!!! all of us LEW’s at 2day2gether are bang up for the challenges 2019 and beyond will bring and as Bec says….

“…. 2day2gether and let me tell you, 2019 is going to be the year we make things happen and change the way people see mental illnesses.”

“I know that being a part of 2day2gether is going to have a positive impact on not only me, but those that are involved in 2day2gether and are supported by our team of LEW’s and if not anything else, that is something to look forward to.”

I keep telling people to get involved with 2day2gether as soon as they can because by the end of the year 2day2gether will rule the world…. 😉

“enjoy the good and ride out the bad”

Keep going 😉